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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Lykavittos Hill

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Lykavittos Hill.

Lykavittos Hill features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Best panoramic view of the city
  • Highest point of the city

Time required: 60 minutes

Public transport:

  • Lykavittos Funicular Railway


Things you need to know:

  • Lykavitos Hill is a 277 m (908 ft) high limestone hill in Athens. It is the highest point of the city
  • The hill is clad with pine trees with pleasant footpaths running through them
  • The name Lykavitos means: the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves. Legend has it that long ago wolves took refuge in the area
  • At its peak is a 19th Chapel of St. George. It provides a fabulous panoramic view of the city both day and night
  • Also on the top lies a large open-air theater. It hosts numerous events and concerts including the summer Lykavittos Festival where bands play with the sun going down behind them

What to do there:

  • Take the funicular railway (daily every 30 min) to the top of the hill. The ride takes around 10 minutes
  • Take a walk on the top and take a look at the picturesque small chapel of St. George
  • If you fancy a coffee have a break in the café
  • Enjoy the fabulous view of the city

Tips & Insights:

  • A restaurant and a café are also located on the top. Both are rather expensive
  • The hill is a steep climb. We recommend taking the funicular instead

Lykavittos Hill features in these preplanned City Guides: